• Short Summary

    THE VIETNAM WAS IS BEING FOUGHT TWO WAYS: ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND THROUGH PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE.?

  • Description

    THE VIETNAM WAS IS BEING FOUGHT TWO WAYS: ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND THROUGH PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE. THE LATTER IS UNDER THE GUISE OF CHIEU HOI AMNESTY SCHEME. THE SCHEME, INTRODUCED FOUR YEARS AGO, HAS TO-DATE RESULTED INT HE DEFECTION OF 50,000 VIETCONG TO THE SIDE OF THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT.

    THE FAMILIES OF SOME DEFECTORS ARE ROMAN CATHOLICS. AT LONG AN IN THE MEKKONG DELTA, THESE FAMILIES ARE REGULARLY PREACHED BY A PRIEST ON THE EVIL OF COMMUNISM.

    THE DEFECTORS, MOST OF THEM IN THEIR EARLY 20'S, ARE NOW RESETTLED IN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT-RUN HAMLETS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THEY ARE NOT TREATED AS PRISONERS OF WAR. HOWEVER, THE GOVERNMENT GUARANTEES THEM FAIR TREATMENT AND AID TO RE-ESTABLISH THEMSELVES IN SOCIETY.

    THE AMNESTY SCHEME IS REGARDED AS A TRIUMPH FOR THE PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE EXPERTS WHO HAVE STEPPED UP THEIR CAMPAIGN TO WIN DEFECTORS WHO ARE PAID FOR THE WEAPONS THEY BRING IN. THEY SPEND UP TO TWO MONTHS IN THE HAMLETS AND DURING THIS PERIOD RECEIVE VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND POLITICAL RE-INDOCTRINATION AFTER THEIR TRAINING, THEY EITHER RETURN TO THEIR HOME VILLAGES OR CONTINUE TO BE RESETTLED.

    INDOCTRINATION CLASSES ARE ALSO CONDUCTED BY FORMER VIETCONG OFFICERS...AND NB7 RETURNEES ARE PHOTOGRAPHED.

    OTHERS GIVE VALUABLE INFORMATION TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR USE AGAINST THE VIETCONG. AT TIMES, THEY JOIN IN OPERATION AGAINST THEIR FORMER UNITS.

    AT MEAL TIME, AN AUSTRALIAN EXPERT ON PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE JOKES WITH THE RETURNEES.

    THE FOOD IS THE BEST THE DEFECTORS HAVE EATEN IN SEVERAL MONTHS.

    A MEDICAL CENTRE TREATS THE SICK AND HANDS OUT FREE MEDICINE. THEY HAVE FREE MOVEMENTS IN THE HAMLETS....NO ONE HAS EVER LEFT TO REJOIN THE VIETCONG.

    AT PHUOC BINH, EAST OF SAIGON, THE HAMLET IS LIKE ALL THE OTHERS --- CROWDED. THE RETURNEES ARE TAUGHT TO BECOME SELF-SUPPORTING. TOGETHER WITH THEIR FEMALE COUNTERPARTS, THEY ARE ESCORTED TO A FARMLAND TO PLOUGH THE GROUND FOR THE PLANTATION OF FOODCROPS.

    MEANWHILE, AUTHORITIES IN SAIGON SAY THAT 40,000 VIETCONG COULD DEFECT THIS YEAR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7ECHXC6PTUXOCJH87I2LIW3BS
    Media URN:
    VLVA7ECHXC6PTUXOCJH87I2LIW3BS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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